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Attention Rotarians and Non-Rotarians interested in representing our district for a month in Turkey: CLICK HERE to learn about the GSE Rotary sponsored trip abroad!

Are you ready for an amazing opportunity? Well, here it is – GROUP STUDY EXCHANGE TO TURKEY! Our District 7570 is now accepting team leader and team member applications for this month-long Rotary sponsored trip abroad!

Immediate Past District Governor, George Karnes of Front Royal, was a GSE Team member to Taiwan in 2013 and was blown away by the amazing experience. Rotary Club of the Northern Shenandoah Valley (The Area ONE|ders) President, Doug Sexton of Linden, was also a GSE Team Member (in 2018) and learned much from the opportunity. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE A ROTARIAN TO BE A TEAM MEMBER – in fact, Doug was not, but he was inspired to become a charter member of a new club after making wonderful memories being embraced as family by Rotarians in the Caribbean! These two local GSE alumni would be happy to discuss the program with interested prospects.

Click these links to watch these WHAT MATTERS interviews about the Caribbean 2018 experience and a pre-departure interview with this year’s GSE team to Taiwan:

Applicants for the team leader position must be a Rotarian. Team member applicants should be 40 years of age or younger and, if a Rotarian, have five years or less of service in Rotary.


ABOUT THE PROGRAM

The Group Study Exchange (GSE) program is a unique cultural and vocational exchange opportunity for young business and professional men and women in their initial years of professional life. Rotary districts in different countries are paired to send and receive professional study groups of four to six non-Rotarian team members and one Rotarian team leader to travel for four to six weeks, staying in the homes of Rotarians when possible. Launched in 1965, this dynamic program has built a successful track record at the personal, community, and international level. With good planning, a goal-driven itinerary, and active participation of dedicated Rotarians, a GSE can be an exceptional educational experience for both the visiting GSE team and local Rotarians. Goals and Objectives The GSE program is designed to develop professional and leadership skills among young adults, so that they can address the needs of their communities and an increasingly global workplace. GSE participants follow an extensive and rigorous program of international travel and team activities. • Vocational visits — Provide opportunities to observe vocations as practiced in another country — Impact team members’ long-term careers through exchange of ideas in their respective fields • Cultural experiences — Allow participants to study another country and its people, language, and institutions through experiences in an organized and meaningful host program — Promote an appreciation of cultural diversity worldwide • Fellowship opportunities — Encourage team members and hosts to meet, communicate, and live with each other in a spirit of fellowship and goodwill — Consider each other’s problems, aspirations, and community concerns — Foster lasting friendships and international understanding • Rotarian involvement — Offers Rotarians specific, practical, and meaningful opportunities for international service by providing young, formative professionals a different perspective of their vocation in another country and culture *Information from the 2018 GSE Facebook Group Page

Learn more and apply at http://www.rotary7570.org/GSE2 and discover the impact Rotary is making locally and globally at www.rotary.org. The community is invited to learn more about becoming a Rotarian by contacting or visiting any of our area clubs!


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Are you or your group in need of a free video that could be created to help market your cause or event?  Beth’s WHAT MATTERS Warren videos post on Facebook and YouTube. They are also shared with the Royal Examiner online (most are distributed in their daily email blast to thousands of local residents). Sign up for Royal Examiner Email Alerts HERE and check out the “WHAT MATTERS Warren” tab under “Features.”

Visit www.whatmattersw2.com “Community” section to request a TOWN TIP or WHAT MATTERS WARREN BETHvid.

Learn more Beth’s nonprofit, WHAT MATTERS, a 501 (c) (3), at www.whatmattersw2.com – check out the “Community” section to request a TOWN TIP or WHAT MATTERS WARREN BETHvid or contact her at 540-671-6145 or beth@whatmattersw2.com.


About WHAT MATTERS:

WHAT MATTERS is a 501(c)(3) that focuses on local and global outreach to help spread the word, support and raise funds for causes that matter (primarily through Facebook). WHAT MATTERS has ZERO overhead as 100% of the expenses are funded by Beth’s real estate business thanks to her clients and supporters.  Every cent raised goes to the cause she’s promoting and most are matched by Beth. If you’d like to get involved, or travel to Africa with her on a future trip to work with the children of Light up Life Foundations, please visit www.whatmattersw2.com.

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Meet local author Charles “Chips” Lickson

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Local author Charles “Chips” Lickson will be at the Royal Oak Bookshop on December 14th, from 2pm to 4pm, to sign his new book, “A Warrior of Many Faces: An American Clandestine Operative in Cuba and Beyond.”

His book is a saga of the real-life JC Herbert Bryant and the beginning of his long and distinguished military and government career. The story starts when JC is a 17 year old Navy Seaman who is the leading character in a compelling series of life threatening adventures beginning in Guantanamo, Cuba. As a young Seaman, JC, with the blessing of U.S. authorities, had covert dealings with Fidel Castro and Che Guevara while also engaging in combat missions with rebel soldiers in the Sierra Maestra Mountains of Eastern Cuba.

This book tells the JC story. While written in the style of a fact-based fiction, everything that is described really happened.

Lickson is a former practicing lawyer, federal judge’s law clerk, U.S. Army officer, mediator and adjunct associate professor of political science at Shenandoah University.

Mark you calendar for December 14th to meet the author at his book signing, at Royal Oak Bookshop, 207 S Royal Avenue in Front Royal.

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Blue Ridge Singers to present “Canticum Novum: Sing a New Song”

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WHAT MATTERS Warren – On Friday the 13th, Blue Ridge Singers will present “Canticum Novum: Sing a New Song” on Friday, December 13, at 7:30 p.m., at the Front Royal Presbyterian Church, and on Sunday, December 15, at 4:00 p.m., at the First Baptist Church (205 W. Piccadilly St., Winchester). It will feature beloved carols and traditional melodies for the holiday season, and a 3-part work for choir and organ by Gerald Near, titled “Cum Novo Cantico.” Other composers include William Byrd, Thomas Tallis, Johannes Brahms, Leo Sowerby, Eric Barnum, Philip Stopford, Will Todd, Stephen Paulus, Franz Gruber and William Dawson. Don’t miss this opportunity to get in the holiday spirit while being inspired by this talented group!

Check out their website for more details or if you would like to join them. They also have scholarships for student members.


A WHAT MATTERS INITIATIVE

Are you or your group in need of a free video that could be created to help market your cause or event? Beth’s WHAT MATTERS Warren videos post on Facebook and YouTube.

Learn more Beth’s nonprofit, WHAT MATTERS, a 501 (c) (3), at www.whatmattersw2.com – check out the “Community” section to request a TOWN TIP or WHAT MATTERS WARREN BETHvid or contact her at 540-671-6145 or beth@whatmattersw2.com.


About WHAT MATTERS:

WHAT MATTERS is a 501(c)(3) that focuses on local and global outreach to help spread the word, support and raise funds for causes that matter (primarily through Facebook). WHAT MATTERS has ZERO overhead as 100% of the expenses are funded by Beth’s real estate business thanks to her clients and supporters. Every cent raised goes to the cause she’s promoting and most are matched by Beth. If you’d like to get involved, or travel to Africa with her on a future trip to work with the children of Light up Life Foundations, please visit www.whatmattersw2.com.

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This week’s showtimes at Royal Cinemas as of December 12th

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Are you looking for the full movie-going experience without having to wait in the long lines that often accompany that experience? Then look no further because Royal Cinemas movie theatre is the answer. Get the whole gang together and enjoy a movie! Here is a list of this week’s showtimes at Royal Cinemas as of Thursday, December 12:

•  Thurs – 6:00 & 8:45
•  Fri – 6:00 & 8:50
•  Sat-Sun – 12:20, 3:10, 6:00 & 8:50
•  Mon-Wed – 6:00 & 8:50

Rated PG13  |  Run Time: 2 hour 10 min

•  Thurs – 6:05 & 8:55
•  Fri – 6:05 & 8:55
•  Sat-Sun – 12:25, 3:05, 6:05 & 8:55
•  Mon-Wed – 6:05 & 8:55

Rated PG13  |  Run Time: 2 hours

•  Thurs – 6:10 & 8:40
•  Fri – 6:10 & 8:40
•  Sat-Sun – 12:30, 3:15, 6:10 & 8:40
•  Mon-Wed – 6:10 & 8:40

Rated PG  |  Run Time: 1 hour 45 min


Ticket prices are as follows:

  • Adult: $9
  • Child (under 12): $6
  • Military: $7
  • Student (college): $7
  • Senior: $7
  • Matinees, All Seating: $6

Christmas Classics: “Polar Express” |  Dec. 14 & 15 @ 10am


Other movies coming soon to Royal Cinemas:

  • “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”
  • “Spies in Disguise”
  • “My Spy”
  • “Doolittle”
  • “Birds of Prey”
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Holiday Pet Basket Raffle: Four holiday pet baskets available to win!

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The SPCA of Winchester, Frederick, and Clarke Counties is hosting a Holiday Pet Basket Raffle. Four holiday pet baskets available to win. This is a great gift idea for the pet lover on your list, or treats for your own furry family members. A BIG thank you to At Your Bark’n Call LLC for their support of this raffle.

Tickets are $1 each, $5 for 10, $10 for 20, or $20 for 40, and you get to choose which of the four baskets you would like to win. Put all your tickets in for one basket or divide your tickets for a chance to win them all! Tickets available at the SPCA Adoption Center (111 Featherbed Lane, Winchester, Virginia) during business hours. The drawing is to be held Monday, December 23rd.

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Samuels Public Library Adult Programming events for December 15-31

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General Education Development

Samuels Public Library invites you to register and attend the General Education Development course. This course will be every Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 A.M-12:30 P.M (except on school holidays or closings). The GED course is completely free. Let this course be the stepping stone to your success. The GED class will not be meeting the last two weeks in December due to the Winter holidays.

English as a Second Language Discussion Group

Samuels Public Library invites you to come out and join us for our English as a Second language discussion group starting. This is a conversational English language class for adults whose primary language is not English. All skill levels are welcome. Practice speaking English in a welcoming, group atmosphere. This group meets every Tuesday & Thursday at 10:00 am. This group will not be meeting the last week in December (T&TH Dec. 24 & 26) and the first week in January (T&TH Dec 31st & Jan 2nd) due to the winter holidays.

Books & Beyond Discussion Group

Samuels Public Library invites you to the Books & Beyond Bookclub Wednesday, December 18th at 10:00 A.M. where Pavilion of Woman by Pearl S. Buck will be discussed.

Vibes in the Libes

Samuels Public Library invites you to come out and join us on Friday, December 20th at 11:00 A.M. for a free musical performance by John Kovac and Friends. Spread good cheer and the joy of the holiday season as you sing along with your favorite Christmas Carols.

Blood Drive

“Starve a vampire; donate blood.” The library will be hosting Virginia Blood Services’ Blood Drive! The Bloodmobile will be in the library parking lot taking any and all blood donations on Saturday, December 21st from 11:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. Walk-ins are welcome; sign-ups are strongly encouraged. Sign up online at www.donateblood.vablood.org

Library Closings

The Library will be closed Tuesday, December 24th and Wednesday, December 25th, in observance of the Christmas Holiday, Normal hours of operation will resume Thursday, December 26th. In addition, the Library will be closed Tuesday, December 31st and Wednesday, January 1st in observance of the New Years Holiday. The library will resume normal hours of operation on Thursday, January 2nd.

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Operation Santa Claus

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Santa Claus at the 2019 Christmas Parade. Photo and video by Mark Williams, Royal Examiner.

Ronald “Hoss” Feldhauser stopped by our studios to update us on “Operation Santa Claus” and a few other holiday events happening at the Front Royal Volunteer Fire Department:

The Volunteer Stations of Warren County Fire and Rescue will be conducting their annual “Operation Santa” events by carrying Santa throughout their communities on the fire truck.

While every attempt is made to reach as many people possible in their community, unfortunately some homes will be unable to be reached. Below is information on each respective areas “Operation Santa” event.

During this event, please refrain from calling 911 or the Emergency Communications Centers non-emergency telephone number for information.

A few tips to ensure you see Santa on the fire truck:

  • Listen for the sirens and be prepared. (crack a window or door to ensure you hear them coming)
  • Have the children dressed and ready to “spring into action” for when Santa gets close.
  • For the best possible viewing, take the children to the end of the driveway but stay clear of the roadway.
  • Do not attempt to climb aboard the fire truck.
  • Do not chase the fire truck.

Town of Front Royal Area
Will begin at 5:30pm on December 24th with 3 fire trucks carrying Santa through most of the Town of Front Royal Streets. For more information please contact the station at 540.636.3830.

Rivermont Area
Operation Santa Claus will be December 24th beginning at dark. We will give Santa a ride throughout our community. Please be watching for him. For more information please contact the station at 540.636.9704.

Bentonville and Browntown Areas
Unknown at this time

Linden Areas (3 dates)

  • December 22nd beginning at 6:00pm High Knob:
    High Knob Rd., Left onto Massanutten Mountain Dr., Right onto Club House Rd., Salt Lick Rd., Right onto Deer Trail Rd., Left onto Alpine Dr., Right onto Shenandoah Valley Dr., Right onto Short Piece Lane, Right onto Skyline View Dr., Left onto Club House Rd. to 55.
  • December 23rd beginning at 6:00pm Blue Mountain/Skyline Estates:
    Santa will be coming by the bus stop on High Top Rd. at 6:00pm. He will be there for about 15 minutes then he will head over to make a left onto Tomahawk Way, Right onto Old Linden, Left onto Tulip Poplar Drive, Right onto Old Linden, Left onto Hickory Nut Rd., Right onto May Apple Way, Left onto Tomahawk Way. We will now head over to Skyline Estates… Right onto Bifrost Way, Left onto Luchase Rd., Left onto Ulysses Way, Right onto Sunset Ln., Right onto Inca Rd., Left onto Shady Ln., Right onto Jericho Rd., Left onto Wilderness Rd., Left onto Khyber Pass Rd., Left onto Oregon Hollow back to the Fire Department.
  • December 24th beginning at 6:00pm Apple Mountain Lake and Apple Mountain West:
    Starting at the Apple Mountain Bus Stop we will head up McIntosh, Left onto Granny Smith, Right onto Northern Spy, Right onto Wealthy Rd., Left onto Granny Smith, Left onto Delicious Rd., Right onto Granny Smith, Left onto Wealthy Rd., Right onto Jonathan Rd., Right onto McIntosh, Left onto Apple Orchard, Left onto Granny Smith, Left onto Rome Beauty, King David, Make a U-Turn at Star Ct., Left onto Grimes Golden, Left onto Black Twig, Left onto Oregon Hollow Rd., to Apple Mountain West: Right onto Appleseed Rd., Left onto Core Dr., Appleseed Rd to Applewood Dr., U-turn., head over to Gap Rd., to finish our night and let Santa finish up his deliveries. For more information please contact the station at 540.636.3473.

Shenandoah Shores Area
Will begin at dark on December 24th and travels the roads in the Shenandoah Shores Community, proceed out Shenandoah Shores Road to Loop Road and then proceed Happy Creek to the area of Larkin Ridge Road. For more information please contact the station at 540.635.7897.

Shenandoah Farms Area
Beginning at 6:00pm on December 24th at the intersection of Lions Lane and Howellsvile Road , from here we will proceed to the intersection of Manor Road , continue on Manor Road and turn right on Ridge Wood Lane , right on Valley Farms Road , left on Old Oak Lane. We will keep left and continue on Venus Branch Road , right on Drummer Hill Road , left on Mountain Lake Drive , right on Blue Mountain Road (back gate) , left on Farm View Road , right on Young’s Drive , right on Fellows Drive , left on Howellsville road , finish at Warren County Station 6. For more information, please contact the station at 540.837.1290.

Fortsmouth – Waterlick and Buckton Areas
Fortsmouth Station #8 will start at 6:30pm on December 24th and visit all the subdivisions and main roads in the Waterlick and Buckton areas. For more information please contact the station at 540.636.6983.

Chester Gap Areas
Will begin at 6:00pm on December 24th in the Chester Gap Community and proceed to Lake Front Royal and Point of Woods Subdivisions and then proceed to the area of Harmony Hollow. For more information please contact the station at 540.635.5482.

North Warren-Reliance and Rockland Areas
Will begin at 5pm on December 24th at the Riverton Commons and Crooked Run Shopping Centers and then will proceed to the residential areas. For more information please contact the station at 540.635.6759.

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Dec
14
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11:00 am Celebrate George Washington @ Samuels Public Library
Celebrate George Washington @ Samuels Public Library
Dec 14 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Celebrate George Washington @ Samuels Public Library
December 14 is the 220th anniversary of George Washington’s death. Today we will learn more about this great leader of our country and celebrate his legacy. Refreshments will be served. For ages 7 to 18.[...]
11:00 am Saturday with Santa @ Warren County Community Center
Saturday with Santa @ Warren County Community Center
Dec 14 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Saturday with Santa @ Warren County Community Center
Bring the kids and your camera for yummy snacks, crafts, and a picture with Santa and Mrs. Claus! All are welcome!
1:00 pm “Clara, Little Mouse & the Golde... @ Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
“Clara, Little Mouse & the Golde... @ Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
Dec 14 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
"Clara, Little Mouse & the Golden Key" @ Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
Join us for this original version of the timeless story ballet The Nutcracker Suite. Follow Clara and Little Mouse on a journey to find what the Golden Key unlocks… Christmas will never be the same[...]
Dec
15
Sun
4:00 pm R-MA Hosts Community Christmas C... @ Randolph-Macon Academy | Boggs Chapel
R-MA Hosts Community Christmas C... @ Randolph-Macon Academy | Boggs Chapel
Dec 15 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
R-MA Hosts Community Christmas Concert @ Randolph-Macon Academy | Boggs Chapel
The local community is invited to join the Randolph-Macon Academy family for an afternoon of holiday spirit with the R-MA Band and Chorus! The annual R-MA Christmas Concert will be held on Sunday, December 15th,[...]
Dec
17
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4:30 pm Science Scouts and More @ Samuels Public Library
Science Scouts and More @ Samuels Public Library
Dec 17 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Science Scouts and More @ Samuels Public Library
Tuesday, December 3: Kids will explore popular books and book series through science, games, food, and more! After reading a Christmas story, we’ll discuss giving and how it affects us and the people around us.[...]
7:30 pm Christmas Concert @ Boggs Chapel on the R-MA Campus
Christmas Concert @ Boggs Chapel on the R-MA Campus
Dec 17 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Christmas Concert @ Boggs Chapel on the R-MA Campus
Christmas Concert | Presented by the American Legion Community Band Tuesday, December 17, 2019, at 7:30 pm Boggs Chapel on the R-MA campus in Front Royal, VA
Dec
18
Wed
10:15 am Toddler and Preschool Story Time @ Samuels Public Library
Toddler and Preschool Story Time @ Samuels Public Library
Dec 18 @ 10:15 am – 12:00 pm
Toddler and Preschool Story Time @ Samuels Public Library
10:15 Toddler story time | 11:00 Preschool story time Wednesday, December 4 and Thursday, December 5: Gingerbread and Candy Canes will be the delicious theme of our stories, songs, and craft this week! Siblings welcome.[...]
Dec
19
Thu
10:15 am Toddler and Preschool Story Time @ Samuels Public Library
Toddler and Preschool Story Time @ Samuels Public Library
Dec 19 @ 10:15 am – 12:00 pm
Toddler and Preschool Story Time @ Samuels Public Library
10:15 Toddler story time | 11:00 Preschool story time Wednesday, December 4 and Thursday, December 5: Gingerbread and Candy Canes will be the delicious theme of our stories, songs, and craft this week! Siblings welcome.[...]
3:00 pm Annual Holiday Open House @ St. Luke Community Clinic
Annual Holiday Open House @ St. Luke Community Clinic
Dec 19 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Annual Holiday Open House @ St. Luke Community Clinic
Enjoy some Hot Apple Cider and Christmas Cookies and Treats Come tour the clinic, meet the staff, and find out what St. Luke has been doing for the community!
Dec
21
Sat
11:00 am Saturday Morning Movie @ Samuels Public Library
Saturday Morning Movie @ Samuels Public Library
Dec 21 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Saturday Morning Movie @ Samuels Public Library
Toy Story 4 “To infinity, and beyond!” Join us for a screening of Toy Story 4, complete with popcorn. For ages 5 and up. Registration begins November 21.